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Racing Around: Fonda, Glen Ridge to conclude seasons

After a summer season unlike any other, why would the big events of the fall be any different.

Weather permitting, Fonda Speedway and the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will close out their 2020 race seasons on Sunday.

Instead of running on its regular Saturday night time slot, Fonda will host the Montgomery County Open this Sunday.

The sail paneled Sunoco Modifieds will headline the event running a 30 lap feature for $3,500-to-win.

The Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps for $1,000-to-win.

The Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks will battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga, and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

The Four Cylinder Cruisers will also compete in the season finale.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been set and, unfortunately, due to New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

The Ridge will close out its season with a full regular race card sponsored by Snap-On Tools.

It will be a special night for the Street Stock, Mini Stock and Slingshot divisions as their season-long points champions will be crowned.

Last Sunday, Glen Ridge celebrated the track championships for the Red Chair 602 Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions.

Congratulations to Travis Green and Andrew Buff on solid seasons that ended up with a deadlock at the top of the Red Chair 602 Sportsman standings, making them the 2020 cop-champions.

Stephen Gray was crowned the Limited Sportsman track champion, while “The Cuz” Luke Horning put his fourth-straight Yurkewecz Auto Crusher Pro Stock championship.

I must agree with Horning’s statement in Victory Lane after accepting the championship, that the Pro Stocks have come a long way at The Ridge. It is not just show up and run, you need to be prepared for close competition with some of the top local drivers.

Again, it is a shame, but no fans allowed in the grandstands.

Also, during Sunday’s post-race celebrations, after reexamining the tape, Charlie Yurkewecz was declared the winner of the Aug. 27 Bear Muffler Enduro.

Speed Showcase replaces Fonda 200

After being postponed by COVID-19 regulations in March, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco ‘Speed Showcase’ has been rescheduled for Oct. 15-17 at Port Royal Speedway.

The ‘Speed Showcase 200’ weekend will be headlined by a 200-lap event, taking the place of the scheduled Fonda 200, offering $53,000 to win from a total purse structure of more than $125,000.

The Fonda 200 weekend was on the schedule for Sept. 17-19, however state regulations due to COVID-19 will not allow for the 200 at Fonda this season.

“With the events unfolding in New York State, it has become clear the Fonda 200 was not going to be a possibility,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “We’re hoping to recreate the excitement of the Fonda 200 at a facility that is widely recognized as one of the best in the entire country.”

STSS South Region rules will be utilized for this event. The race format will be identical to that used last year in the return of the 200 at Fonda Speedway.

Crate 602 Sportsman will also be included in the event, running a 50-lap event with $2,500 reserved for the winner.

Camping and advanced tickets will go on sale following the completion of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway on Sept. 14.

Super DIRT Week now a six-race series

With the postponement of Super Dirt Week in Oswego due to state regulation surrounding COVID-19, a special six-track racing series across New York State will take place in October.

Albany-Saratoga, Utica-Rome, Fulton, Can-Am, Canandaigua and Weedsport Speedways will take part in the week-long series.

Fans will not be allowed at the tracks, but the racing action can be seen on dirtvision.com

It was also announced that due to the limited number of races in the DIRTcar series, series champions will not be crowned for 2020.

Albany-Saratoga, Utica-Rome, Fulton, Can-Am, Canandaigua and Weedsport Speedways will take part in the week-long series.

Deemed DIRTcar OktoberFAST, the racing will start on Oct. 6 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway with Big Blocks, Sportsman and Pro Stocks. From there the action moves to Utica-Rome Speedway on Oct. 7 with Big Blocks, 358 Modifieds, and Pro Stocks.

Fulton will host the Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds alongside the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Sportsman on Oct. 8. Then the Big Blocks, 358 Modified and Sportsman head to Can-Am Speedway on Oct. 9.

Land of Legends Raceway will be the site of a Saturday night special with Big Blocks and Sportsman hitting the track on Oct. 10.

On Oct. 11, the DIRTcar OktoberFAST finale takes the green for a 75-lap Big Block event at Weedsport Speedway.

No weeklong champion will be named and competitors are asked to pre-register for each event.

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